Brazos Bend State Park
Volunteer Organization   
Gator Hatch

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Grade 3 - Science

Program - Aquatic Invertebrate Program

Description - In this program students will use magnifying glasses and microscopes to examine aquatic invertebrates found in pond water.

Time required - Approximately 1-1 ½ hours

Size requirements - Not more then 30 students (2 students per microscope)


Guided Nature Hikes (Creekfield Lake and 40 Acre Lake)

  •   1 - 20 Students - $40.00 
  • 21 - 40 Students - $60.00  
  • 41 - 60 Students - $80.00  
  • 61 - 80 Students - $100.00  
  • 81-100 Students - $120.00  

Classroom Programs
Unfortunately all classroom programs have been suspended indefinitely.

  • Reptile Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Mammal Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Bird Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Aquatic Invertebrate Program (available for grades 3 - 5)
    • 1 - 30 students - $60.00

No charge for Nature Center

Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to availability 

The following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Grade 3 Science will be addressed with this program

§112.5. Science, Grade 3

(b)  Knowledge and skills.

    (1)  Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. The student is expected to:
      (A)  demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and
      (B)  make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.
    (2)  Scientific processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations. The student is expected to:
      (A)  plan and implement descriptive investigations including asking well-defined questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology; (B)  collect information by observing and measuring; (C)  analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence
    (8)  Science concepts. The student knows that living organisms need food, water, light, air, a way to dispose of waste, and an environment in which to live. The student is expected to:
      (A)  observe and describe the habitats of organisms within an ecosystem;
      (B)  observe and identify organisms with similar needs that compete with one another for resources such as oxygen, water, food, or space;
      (C)  describe environmental changes in which some organisms would thrive, become ill, or perish; and
      (D)  describe how living organisms modify their physical environment to meet their needs such as beavers building a dam or humans building a home.
    (9)  Science concepts. The student knows that species have different adaptations that help them survive and reproduce in their environment. The student is expected to:
      (A)  observe and identify characteristics among species that allow each to survive and reproduce; and
      (B)  analyze how adaptive characteristics help individuals within a species to survive and reproduce.
    (10)  Science concepts. The student knows that many likenesses between offspring and parents are inherited from the parents. The student is expected to:
      (A)  identify some inherited traits of plants; and
      (B)  identify some inherited traits of animals

Updated: Aug 19, 2011